The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories Series #1)

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For ages, Eddie Drood and his family have kept humanity safe from the things that go bump in the night. But now one of his own has convinced the rest of the family that Eddie's become a menace, and that humanity needs to be protected from him. So he's on the run, using every trick in the book, magical and otherwise, hoping he lives long enough to prove his innocence...
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Overview

For ages, Eddie Drood and his family have kept humanity safe from the things that go bump in the night. But now one of his own has convinced the rest of the family that Eddie's become a menace, and that humanity needs to be protected from him. So he's on the run, using every trick in the book, magical and otherwise, hoping he lives long enough to prove his innocence...
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Readers who recognize the pun on Ian Fleming's James Bond title, The Man with the Golden Gun, will find the secret agent in question has more up his sleeve than a fancy car and some high-tech gadgets in this first of a new fantasy series from bestseller Green (Deathstalker). Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family, devoted to "protecting humanity from the forces of darkness." Protected by the "secret weapon" received at birth by all members of the Drood family-a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor-Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup. Declared a rogue, Eddie teams up with short-tempered witch Molly Metcalf to find out why he's been betrayed. This spy yarn is packed with enough humor, action and plot twists to satisfy fans who prefer their adventure shaken, not stirred. (June)

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For centuries, the Droods have protected the world from supernatural enemies, keeping reality safe for humans. When Eddie Drood, the latest in a long line of secret agents against the supernatural, becomes the victim of a plot to frame him as a danger to humanity, he goes on the run from both his friends and his enemies. The author of the "Deathstalker" and "Nightside" series introduces a hard-boiled, fast-talking, druidic James Bond who wields ancient magic instead of a gun. With crossover appeal to fans of urban fantasy and adventure/suspense, this witty fantasy adventure belongs in most libraries.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451461452
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Series: Secret Histories Series , #1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    James Bond Meets Monsters

    I've heard some wonderful things about this author, normally about his Deathstalker and Nightside series, so when I saw this on the bargain table at Barnes & Noble, I had to get it. I am so glad I did.
    This book had to be one of the funnest I've read in a long time. The character of Eddie Drood is what James Bond could have been had he been set in a urban fantasy world full of demons, monsters, aliens, and elves. The family even has a Q like character called the Armourer, who comes up with some of the coolest gadgets. Cars that not only have machine guns but can drive through other dimensions, snow globes that can unleash world destroying blizzards, and a stick that can break any bond simply by hitting something with it. Of course that's only the tip of the iceberg.
    The whole premise of the book is that Eddie is sort of a black sheep of the family who is suddenly recalled back to the homestead for some unknown reason. The relationships are rather strained and he is more than happy to accept and be on his way. However once he leaves the manor he is attacked by all sorts of bad guys. Elves (who are evil in this series), demons who have taken the shape of cars, UFOs, and the ghosts of cars wrecks are amongst the many villains who try to take him out. He destroys all of them and gets away. Once he realizes he's been set up by the family matriarch (his grandmother) he sets out to find out what's going on.
    Along the way of self discovery he meets up with some old friends and enemies including a sex cult bent on world domination, a psychic vampire named Subway Sue, Mr. Stab (think Jack the Ripper who can't die), the Blue Fairy (gay half Elf hooked on drugs), and Molly the Witch of the Wild Woods (the love interest of the book). Most of them have tried to kill him at one time or another but he needs them to discover the truth about his family. Once he discovers the truth all hell breaks loose and nothing is sacred anymore.
    I loved this book and I loved the next in the series which I've already read (review forthcoming). I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a lot of humour with their supernatural action.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    An unusual direction and therefore an interesting twist

    This book provided a completely different world view and was very interesting because of that. It mixed magics and theories well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    Read anything by Simon Green

    I started reading Simon Green with the Nightside Series and so when I saw this book I knew it would be a great read too. The world created in the book is vivid and the characters are well fleshed out as well. Eddie is a wonderfully written reluctant hero. It is total escapism at it's finest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    I love anything Simon Green does

    I'd been wanting to try out the Drood books. It was entertaining and kept me going to the end. Am glad to recommend it to fans of urban fantasy.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    If you like Night side you will love the secret histories.

    Simon Green is good at personalizing his characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Awesomeness!

    A truly awesome book, it captured my intrest and held me rived. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Characters!

    Those who criticize Greene's books for their plots (or lack thereof) are missing the point; this book, like Greene's Nightside series, is _character driven_. Greene creates a cast of bizarre, unforgettable characters, and then lets them bang into each other, while we watch the havoc that ensues. Great fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Unstoppable

    Couldn't put the book down once I started it. Very e joyable if you like Nghtside you'll enjoy this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Loved it!!

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and very engaging. I loved the characters and can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    ugh.

    Lots of action in this book, but the author never gives me a reason to care why its happening. Reviewers comparing it to dresden files are being very generous with their comparisons.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Spies and Magic - An interesting mix

    I enjoyed this first installment of the Shaman Bond Secret Histories series very much. Though Mr. Green gets a bit wordy sometimes, he keeps the action and plot twists coming at an exciting pace. I'm already in the middle of book 5 in the series and I only purchased this book one month ago. Enjoy!

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This was an excellent book. Any one who enjoyed Green's Nightside stories or Jim Butcher will enjoy this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Awesome

    Read it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    An Exciting Ride

    The Man with the Golden Torc, being the first in a new series by Green was an absolute blast to read. There are some definite similarities to his Nightside books, but it really is it's own world full of interesting characters. There was more action in this book than i thought was possible, while still including a rich plot with well developed characters.If you are a fan of the Nightside books and prefer Connery to Moore than i highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    It was delicious

    So I read this book in a sampler and I was intrigued. I knew that I had to buy it. So I did. And it was a fantastic read. A lot of unexpected twists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Awesome!

    Great wit and general banter...love Eddie Drood!

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    All the confusing bits and pieces never meshed into a readable book or even a good conspiracy theory

    Yuck. What a confusing mishmash of conspiracy theory, teasers into James Bond or Chronicles of Amber territory--I kept wanting to like the book and a friend had recommended that I let the so-called nonstop action take the place of good writing but the action was just one series of heretofore unmentioned supervillains/races/myths (including Jack the Ripper, disembodied heads, snooty elves, half-baked revolutionary groups hiding in subways aka all the bad 1960s psychedelic schlock) showing up randomly for a paragraph or two without any world building efforts and usually a pretty deus ex machina all-powerful-hero or clever gadgetry fixing moments flashing by. Trudged thru 300 pages of the ebook and cried uncle. i only made it that far because I was determined to try the new-to-me author that kept showing up on my usual book sites in the recommendations (and plot descriptions and reviews of his series were so interesting). Doesn't even seem to be a real book with characters to follow, just a bunch of disembodied almost ideas; maybe leftover from some cold war and 1960s drug trip incidents thrown out there and calling themselves a novel.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    James Bond and Harry Dresden rolled up into one

    I don't recall that I've ever read a book that even came close to the number fight sequences in this book. How, Simon R. Green managed to write a solid story with likable characters amidst the mayhem is a surprise to me.

    Edwin Drood a loyal but rebellious member of the Drood family as always thought of himself as fighting the good fight. After receiving a mission from the head of the Drood family, Edwin expected danger. What he didn't expect was to be called a rogue agent and to be hunted by his own family.

    Edwin teams up with one of his most hated enemy to find out the truth and to clear his name. But on the path toward the truth, he quickly finds a new danger in the world whose primary goal is to destroy the Drood family.

    Man with the Golden Torc is book one in a series. Simon R. Green provided laughs, lots of actions and a family secret that changes everything for Edwin Drood.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    A Disappointment

    I've read Green's Nightside novels, saw this one on deep discount, and thought I would give it a try. My mistake. Overall the plot was very predictable, and the heor was so cardboard that I really could not care what happened to him. The only redeeming value was in some of the very minor characters. An interesting novel could have been written about them, but we got this instead. I gave it two stars overall, but that is because of my generous nature.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

    Absolutely loved this book....

    A fantasy set in modern day England. The lead character is a send up of a "007" secret agent, Bond, Shaman Bond (think Woody Allen's Casino Royal), with good dose of superhero, morality and a quirky sense of humor. Page after page, never a dull moment. Action, humor, even a little bit of romance. Just picked up the sequel "Daemons ar Forever" (another Bond reference). Can't wait to get started. Just go out and get this book, you'll love it too.

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